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post #16 of 23 Old 08-21-2013, 04:37 PM
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I just commute 7 miles to work. Worse case I make a call (and I have), wife takes me home so I can pick up the top 1/2 of my tool box and take it to wherever I may be. My gas mileage is bad enough without dragging a bunch of tools around.

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post #17 of 23 Old 08-21-2013, 08:34 PM
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A basic set of tools can make a big difference. Flashlight, basic wrench set, compressor, screw drivers and voltmeter (electrical problems are often simple, but without a voltmeter you are stuck).

It won't handle everything but it will greatly increase the chance that you can at least limp to a better place or help.

Whenever I get a car, i put together a tool kit for it.

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post #18 of 23 Old 08-21-2013, 09:45 PM
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As much as I hate not having room to haul something, I get this uneasy feeling when I leave home without any tools in my jeep. However, I would bet that if I ever got stranded I would either not have the right tool/part anyway or wouldn't be able to fix whatever is broken ( And I'd just have to call a tow truck).

Does everybody keep tools/spares in their jeep? Has it ever helped?
Tools & common spares. An abbreviated list of fluids, for just in case (Dexron can be used in place of pretty much any oil except two-stroke, for instance.) Don't keep coolant - just keep plenty of water (R/O or distilled. Good in radiators, batteries, and YOU.) Brake fluid (foil seal intact.)

Spare hoses & clamps. Spare belt, and tool to change. Spare bulbs, fuses, & relays.

With a little thought, you can come up with a fairly compact, lightweight (relatively) kit that will handle most common contingencies - the ones you don't need a shop for.

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post #19 of 23 Old 08-22-2013, 12:34 PM
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With any higher mileage vehicle I generally try to carry some sort EM tool kit but I also lean heavily on the preventative maintenance idea.

- Inspect or just plain *** replace the breakline going from the ABS box to the rear. Had to replace 3 of em on older vehicles in the last few years. Luckily everyone one of them blew out in the driveway. Go figure. Short of that, carry a plug so if it blows out you can cap it at the front and limp home on front breaks.
- Idler and tensioner pulleys. Replace before any extended trip. Had a couple freeze up on me and snap the belt in short order.
- Coil wire. Had 2 of these leave me dead in the water in the last 10 years. Carry a used spare from the old plug set you should of replaced.
- Inspect/replace tranny cooler lines.
- Inspect/replace power steering lines.
- Alternator, toss up. I've had one go out towards the end of a 6000 mile road trip and got lucky enough to find a shop that had the overhead door open at 5 pm on a Sat. evening. If I had known that Cameron, MO. had an Advance Auto I would of just pulled in there and done it myself.
- Starter, see Alternator.
- Fairly new to the 2 Jeeps I have but I'm currently workin up a list of sensors that might leave me dead in the water (Idea's?). Sensors that just make you run bad.......... let em sit on the store shelf until you need em.
- Inspect/replace a basic "duh" list. Belt, hoses, tune up, new fluids and filters, new breaks, etc. Keep used belts and hoses for emergency.

Everyday I carry 2 qts. oil, 1 qt. tranny fluid, power steering fluid, break fluid, 1 gal 50/50 coolant, tire plugs, fix-a-flat, portable 12v. air compressor.

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post #20 of 23 Old 08-22-2013, 02:27 PM
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Right now, I've got just about all the tools I own in the back of mine from doing the axle swap from hell on my sister's Maxima.
Top half of my roll around is back there with an assortment of 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 sockets and ratchets, various sized wrenches, screwdrivers, torx bit set, Allen heads. Bottle jack and stands, breaker bar and cheater pipe, pickle fork.
Luckily my last truck ('97 ram) used a lot of tools that work with my zj so I didn't have to change the kit I keep too much. Haven't had any sensors go out yet, knock on wood, but when they do, I'll keep a spare for those too

I also keep a charger for my phone and one of those 10 minute emergency battery packs for it
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post #21 of 23 Old 08-22-2013, 02:48 PM
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I have two toolboxes in my jeep and I'm always adding to them.

One is your basic Craftsman tool set of 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive sockets and common sized wrenches.

The second is for any tools I need that didn't come in that set. Allen/Torx bits, axle center nut socket, transfer case fill/drain socket, big hammer, pry bars, screwdrivers, multimeter, OBDII reader, wire snips/crimpers, etc. Every time I go out on a wheeling trip, somebody always breaks something and someone from the group pulls out a tool that I don't have in my set, so I end up adding to it all the time.

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post #22 of 23 Old 08-22-2013, 03:36 PM
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I have a small tool bag, flashlight plus some spare hoses. I carried stuff like that whether I'm in a new vehicle or older.
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post #23 of 23 Old 08-22-2013, 06:24 PM
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Real maglite and fire bottle in reach of the driver. Ratchet straps, bailing wire, tools in the bag in back. I carry a spare serp belt that is smaller so it bypasses the power steering. I also have a rain jacket in the bag and a bunch of garbage bags.

For wheeling I bring spare steering components, thats about it.

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